Updated In June, 2013 - VPP's at Pokerstars are often confused with Pokerstars FPP's. This guide to Poker Stars VPP's will target some of the common misconceptions about VPP's. We have dedicated an entire section of this web site to the Pokerstars VIP program. This particular guide will focus on VPP's at Pokerstars in 2013. VPP is an acronym for VIP Player Points. VPP's are actually more important than FPP's even though you can't spend them in the store or do anything else with them for that matter. Poker Stars VPPs are used for several things:
A VPP or VIP Player Point at Poker Stars is a comp point that is awarded to you for playing at the real money tables. The number of VPP's that you receive in a hand will vary depending on several factors. There are two ways to earn VPP's at Pokerstars:
Poker Stars uses a different system to award VPP's to players for each of these categories. I will go into that later in this article. First I want to explain what Poker Stars VPPs do.
VPP's are used to clear the new player bonus and regular re-load bonuses offered at Pokerstars. Each Pokerstars VPP you earn is worth approximately $.06. Our 2013 Pokerstars bonus package consists of three 100% bonuses. The maximum bonus available is $600. Each of your first three deposits will be matched and Pokerstars will place the three bonuses into your bonus account. You will release $10 of the bonus every time you earn 170 VPP's. You can track how much of your bonus has been cleared or how many VPPs you need before Poker Stars releases the next $10 installment by visiting the Cashier.
As you can see in the image above Pokerstars uses VPP's and not FPP's to determine which VIP Club level you belong in. Our Pokerstars VIP program benefits guide provides a detailed overview of each VIP Club tier at Poker Stars in 2013.You can check your VIP level status at any time by visiting the Cashier > VIP Status section inside of the software.
VPP's are also used to reward players for choosing Pokerstars. You can claim up top $1,200 per year through the Stellar Rewards part of the VIP program at Pokerstars. Each one of these rewards costs only 1 Poker Stars FPP to buy. They should just make it automatic but people would likely receive the free money and not notice. This money is credited to your real money account so there are no clearance requirements or anything like that. Read our Pokerstars Stellar Rewards guide for more information. At the beginning of 2013 Poker Stars added a $200 Stellar Reward for players when they reach 100,000 VPP benchmark.
Pokerstars uses VPP's as a base for FPP's. When you first start playing at Pokerstars you will be placed in the BronzeStar VIP level. Each VPP you earn at the tables will be worth one FPP. The FPP multiplying aspect of VPPs is the most rewarding part of the VIP program at Pokerstars. After you move up to the GoldStar VIP level you will be earning 1.5 FPPs for each VPP. This goes all of the way up to 5 FPPs for each VPP when you reach the Supernova Elite VIP level.
I highly doubt you need any more reasons to absolutely love the loyalty program at Pokerstars. There is one more VPP related benefit though and unless you know exactly where to look it is quite easy to be oblivious to it. Milestone cash credits are available to Supernova and Supernova Elite players at Poker Stars. The Goldstar VIP tier is the average level at Pokerstars so these won't be available to everyone. Platinumstar players have a decent shot at claiming a few but Silverstar players don't have a chance. Poker Stars Milestone cash credits are very similar to Stellar Rewards, only on a much grander scale. through Stellar Rewards you can receive up to $1,200 in cash. The average recreational player (5-10 hours/month, micro-medium stakes) usually doesn't have a problem claiming the entire $1,200 throughout the year. To the left you will find a schedule for Milestone cash credit schedule for Supernova players. Below I have added the Supernova Elite schedule for those grinders who make it to the top.
The Milestone cash credits offer up to $136,800 in cash throughout a calender year. This is the Stellar Rewards equivalent for full time players. You don't have to be a high stakes player to reach the Supernova level. I actually know quite a few $1/2-$3/6 players who reach Supernova within the first 6 months of the year. They tend to play for several hours almost daily and typically play at 2-3 tables at once. I go into that kind of stuff in my other articles though. Let's get back to the Milestone cash credits and why they are relevant in an article on Poker Stars VPP's.
Once you have earned 200,000 VPP's in a calender year you will be able to purchase the first Milestone cash credit, worth $2,600. This happens to correspond with the Supernova VIP level requirement. The cost for each of the Milestone cash credits at Pokerstars was 50,000 FPP's but on 01/01/2013 Pokerstars changed the Milestone Cash Credit program. Each cash credit will only set you back 1 FPP and they have reconfigured the credit amounts. Read our Pokerstars Milestone cash credit guide for more detailed information.